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Esky softball repeats as state champs

EAST LANSING — Not all champions are created equal. Some are dominant, some are underdog stories and some just find a way to win. The Escanaba softball team probably falls in that last category, although the case can be made it belongs in the other two categories as well. The Eskymos ...

Heroes to Hives helps veterans with bees

ESCANABA — A MSU Extension program giving veterans an opportunity to get involved with beekeeping has arrived in Escanaba. Though attendance at a recent workshop was light, Heroes to Hives Instructor and U.S. Army veteran Adam Ingrao said things have been going relatively well for the Heroes ...

Officers warn of car break-ins

ESCANABA — When the weather warms up for the summer months more people are out and about. According to Escanaba Public Safety Department, warmer weather also means an increase in crimes of opportunity, like vehicle break-ins. “Our call numbers definitely go up when the weather gets ...

Bink’s beverage distributors continue 116-year tradition

Editor’s note: The Daily Press features a profile of an area business each week. This week’s featured businesses are Bink’s Coca-Cola and Bink’s Wines & Beverages of Escanaba. — — — By Jordan Beck jbeck@dailypress.net ESCANABA — For more than a century, the Bink ...

Honoring The Flag With Song

Deborah Prescott | Daily Press The Escanaba City Band plays “You’re A Grand Old Flag” while an audience and officers of the Escanaba Elks Lodge 354 look on. The planned Flag Day program was moved from the Karas Memorial Band Shell to the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center Friday night due ...

Bay College to discuss millage request

ESCANABA — The Bay College Board of Trustees will discuss language for an operating millage proposal during its next regular meeting on Wednesday, June 19. The language that will be addressed by the board at the meeting focuses on a potential millage increase of almost 1 mill. The board ...

Sheriff’s department begins water patrol

ESCANABA — With around 211 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, 514 miles of rivers/streams and nearly 6,000 acres of inland lakes and ponds, Delta County has an abundance of water recreational opportunities — especially in the summer months. Delta County Sheriff’s Department assigns two ...

North Central gets new principal, superintendent

POWERS — The North Central Area Schools Board of Education unanimously approved offering Jennifer Eichmeier a contract for the positions of elementary principal and district superintendent recently. Bruce Tapio, the current superintendent and high school principal, will be retiring this ...

MDOT announces lane changes on bridge

WELLS — Eastbound and westbound traffic on the U.S. 2 and 41 bridge over the Escanaba River will be switched Saturday as the Michigan Department of Transportation’s work on the bridge continues. The traffic reconfiguration is set to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday. One eastbound and one ...

Kids on Kampus returns to Bay

ESCANABA — A program giving students entering fourth through seventh grades an opportunity to have fun while learning at Bay College’s Escanaba campus is returning soon. Bay’s Kids on Kampus summer youth program is set to begin next week and continue through mid-July. Dean of Business, ...

Educators favor longer school year

ESCANABA — Going into summer after completing another school year can be an exciting time for a student. But long gone are the days of having three full months off for summer vacation. School districts in the area finish their school years within the first few weeks of June now. The longer ...

Manistique mayor target of recall effort

MANISTIQUE — Recall petition language focusing on Manistique Mayor Michael Perilloux has been submitted to Schoolcraft County. A clarity hearing of the Schoolcraft County Election Commission will take place in the district courtroom of the Schoolcraft County Courthouse Tuesday, June 18, at ...

Split House OKs plan to shift fuel taxes to roads

LANSING (AP) — Sales taxes collected at the gas pump would be shifted to road repairs under a budget plan approved Thursday by the Michigan House, where majority Republicans called it a first step in response to Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s call for higher fuel taxes to fix ...

Antique Village to open this summer

ESCANABA — Shop owners, managers and volunteers are preparing the Antique Village at the U.P. State Fairgrounds for Summer in the Village. Summer in the Village is open Thursdays from 12 to 4 p.m. until Aug. 29. Select shops, a museum and community hall will be open with items to purchase, ...

Wet, cool weather hampers crop planting

ESCANABA — Farmers in the area are planting their crops whether Mother Nature is helping or not. Cool and wet weather in May has made it sloppier to plant, but the seeds are getting in the ground. However, patrons of farmers markets may need to wait an extra week or two for a bounty to arrive ...

Camping for Cancer is Friday

ESCANABA — The Ruth Butler Building at the U.P. State Fairgrounds will be abuzz with activity Friday, all centered around raising money for the Delta County Cancer Alliance. It’s called Camping for Cancer. From 4 p.m. to midnight, the Ruth Butler Building will have local vendors set up, a ...

Michigan House budget bars spending on new bridge

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s transportation department could be prohibited from doing work related to construction of a new bridge between Detroit and Canada under a spending bill advanced Wednesday by House Republicans, drawing criticism from opposing lawmakers who say Canada already ...

Artwork on display at Esky library

ESCANABA — Gregg Bruff paints landscapes and “old stuff” that speaks to him, have a story, and make people ask questions. In the U.P. there are a lot of items that speak to Bruff. The local artist, originally from Missouri, uses oil paint to reflect the colors of the U.P.’s vibrant ...

Bay makes cuts to balance budget

ESCANABA — Bay College’s operating and capital budgets for its 2019-20 fiscal year were approved during a special meeting of the Bay College Board of Trustees Tuesday afternoon. Bay’s 2019-20 operating budget includes $9,156,095 in operating revenues and $21,205,583 in operating ...

Land sale finalized at airport

ESCANABA — The sale of about five acres of property at the Delta County Airport to an individual buyer was closed recently. Delta County Administrator Philip Strom said he hopes the sale will spur economic development in the county. According to Strom, the property — which is located near ...